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Implementation of EU anti-tax avoidance directive

The bill of law to implement the provisions of the EU Directive 2016/1164 on anti-tax avoidance (ATAD) in Luxembourg law was made available on 20 June 2018. Subject to parliamentary approval, Luxembourg will introduce controlled foreign corporation (CFC), interest deduction limitation and anti-hybrid rules. It will also modify its existing general anti-abuse rule..

Portugal: Competition and the right to compensation for damages

Act 23/2018, establishing the legal framework on the right to compensation for damages from infringements of competition law, was published on 5 June 2018. This legislative act transposes into Portuguese law the Directive 2014/104/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council, of 26 November 2014, which established common rules to all Member States on […]

Pimlico Plumbers: the self-employed v brand debate

By Paula Rome The widely reported decision in Pimlico Plumbers emphasises the risks of retaining control over staff. However, such control can be key to protecting an organisations’ brand and reputation in the marketplace. Where does this leave us? What does control mean?

What do employers need to know about whistleblowing policies?

By Antonia Blackwell In this instalment of our ‘Breaking Down the Handbook’ series, we look at whistleblowing policies, why they are needed, what they should contain and what traps employers need to avoid. What does whistleblowing mean?

I’m divorced, that’s it, right?

By Miranda Nairn There is a common misconception that once in possession of a decree absolute (the final decree dissolving a marriage), your divorce is done and dusted and you and your ex-spouse can walk off into the sunset, in opposite directions, never to see or hear from each other again. In fact, unless you […]

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In brief: University to invest £6m in law college

The University of the West of England has announced that it is to invest £6m in the conversion of Bristol’s former Merchant Venturer’s College to provide study and residential accommodation for students studying on its legal practice course.

Mallard's exit to Dibbs signals end of Hill Taylor HK shipping office

Hill Taylor Dickinson is to close its three-lawyer Hong Kong shipping office following the departure of partner Nick Mallard to Dibb Lupton Alsop’s practice in the city. Mallard left the firm on the heels of partner Nigel Binnersley, who joined a US firm in the summer. It is believed that Mallard and his Hill Taylor […]

In brief: Yates to be referee

Nigel Yates, managing partner at Manchester firm Horwich Farrelly, has been chosen to referee at the 10-a-side rugby tournament in Hong Kong which immediately precedes the world famous Sevens tournament.

What's the cause of Law Soc's pregnant pause?

The Law Society’s silence on the recent reduction in Practising Certificate fees for those on maternity leave and on low incomes is most peculiar. Why is it not shouting from the roof-tops about this welcome change? On the maternity front, there are countless women who need to know. Indeed, in Northern Ireland there is an […]

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